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Attention GD users,

We invite you to register for a new short course that is being introduced at the  2010 Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry titled:

"SI-08: Ambient Desorption/Ionization-Mass Spectrometry: From Fundamentals to Applications"

This course will outline this new, exciting field which aims to eliminate sample pre-treatment and separation steps by directly analyzing sample surfaces.  Examples include direct detection of cocaine from banknotes, detection of counterfeit pharmaceutical tablets, tissue imaging for drug metabolites, and rapid, trace detection of explosives from a variety of substrates.  Since the inception of ambient desorption/ionization-mass spectrometry (ADI-MS) in 2004, this field has been featured on over 10 scientific journal covers and even on numerous television shows, such as CSI: Miami.

In this course, the basic construction and operation of the ionization sources used in ADI-MS will be discussed.  In addition, standard and novel applications of ADI-MS will also be presented.  Because of the rapid growth in interest in the field, it is often believed that these ionization sources, such as desorption electrospray ionization (DESI) and direct analysis in real time (DART), are an analytical panacea enabling analysis of any analyte from any substrate.  We hope to dispel this myth, while discussing ideas of how to further improve the field.

This short course will be offered January 3rd, 2010 at 8:00 AM, the day before the official start of the Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry.

If you are interested in registering for this short course and/or the conference, contact Ramon Barnes at If you have any questions about the short course or for a detailed course description, contact either of the instructors Jake Shelley or Carsten Engelhard.  Thanks and we hope to see you in Fort Meyers!

At the     2010 Winter Conference   on Plasma Spectrochemistry there is also the short course

“SI-04 Plasma Spectroscopy of Solids, Surfaces and Interfaces”

Volker Hoffmann, Leibniz Institute for     Solid       State   and Materials Research     Dresden  , POB 270116, D-01171       Dresden

Norbert Jakubowski, Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und –prüfung, Richard-Willstätter-Straße 11, D-12489 Berlin

offered at the January 3rd, 2010 a7 7 PM.

This course is designed to serve as an introduction to the fundamental operating principles of glow discharge devices and their applications in atomic emission (GD-AES) and mass spectrometries (GDMS) and will be given by three international experts. Hard- and software (quantification) will be explained and applications will be compared with other methods of direct solids elemental analysis. Analytical figures of merit for the two spectrometric methods are presented. Direct current, radio frequency and pulsed glow discharges will be discussed with respect to the plasma and electrical discharge parameters. Finally, the session will be concluded with a discussion of future trends in instrumentation and applications.

If you are interested in registering for this short course and/or the conference, contact Ramon Barnes at